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Standing Room Only

By Elizabeth Rich — November 21, 2009 1 min read
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While Donalyn was signing books at the Wiley booth, she and I thought it would be good for me to attend Kelly Gallagher and Jeff Anderson’s session: Rethinking Literacy Instruction in the Age of Readicide.

I got there just as it started. Packed! Three doorways were spilling over with people. Not a seat in the house...Impossible to see anything, almost impossible to hear anything. I had no choice but to leave.

The Convention Center halls are crowded as NCTE attendees are starting to bump into marathoners. The Philadelphia marathon is tomorrow morning— how those of us who are leaving tomorrow morning will get to our planes, trains, and automobiles with closed streets is anyone’s guess.

NCTE executive director Kent Williamson told me that a few NCTE folks are doing double duty—they’ll be running in tomorrow’s race. Perhaps they can blaze the trail for colleagues trying to find their way home.

—Elizabeth Rich

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